December 3rd, 2011

Snarky Candiru2

Sunday, 4 December 2011

In today's strip, we remind ourselves that Elly thinks that Lizzie wants more attention than she can provide; this is not only a slice of life thing that a lot of busy mothers with nooooooo help and noooooo time to themselves can identify with, it's also Lynn's way of telling Katie and Aaron that they were wrong to want to keep Mommy from working just because they felt bad.

(Strip Number 7129, Original Publication Date, 5 December 1982)

Panel 1: We find Elly trying to type up her column for the Valley Voice; as she does so, a freaked-out Lizzie grabs onto her shirt and whines "Mooom!!"

Panel 2: It's Elly's turn to look freaked out; that's because Lizzie wants to be on her lap and thus keep her from typing her article because she hates Mommy have free time because she's a child and thus EVIL!!!!!!!

Panel 3: Elly pleads with Lizzie to let her finish typing her article and then they'll do something nice together.

Panel 4: Elly again looks blindsided because NIZZIE WANNA BE ON HER LAP!!!!

Panel 5: Given that she can type and cuddle Lizzie with relative ease, it only part-way baffles me that Elly tires of it after a few minutes and tells Lizzie although she's had a nice cuddle, it's time to get down and let Mommy finish her article.

Panel 6: It also doesn't confuse me that much when Elly, having put her back on the floor, is irritated by Lizzie's anguished screams.

Panel 7: We find her at a bookshelf as Nizzie screams that she wants up, Mama!!

Panel 8: The relevant article in the Practical Guide to Dealing With Offsprings and Small Ones says that 'This behavior could suggest insecurity. The child could be seeking more attention."

Panel 9: Elly yells that she doesn't think that she can give much more attention.

Summary: Elly sees what's happening here as yet another reminder that children hate the idea that their mothers have time to themselves because they're evil and selfish and clingy and whiny and don't want to be fair because their master Satan wants them to steal her brain and keep her from having an identity of their own. What I see here is a mother could give her child the needed time if she were to eliminate one time-wasting behavior: watching her stories. Were she to not glue herself to the tube every afternoon, she could actually have it all.